Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday Post #117

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.







Planned Posts: 
ARC Thursday Review - The Thorn and The Sinking Stone by CJ Dushinski

Due to a previous obligation I am posting an ARC review this week but other than that and this Sunday Post I'm taking blogging off as I travel to NYC for a girl's vacation. I'll share all about that with ya'll when I return.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 Series Ender Reading Challenge: February Wrap Up

It's time for our second Monthly Wrap Up for the 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Where did this month go? Since posting the 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge - January Wrap Up, Sandy finished one series ender: Until the End (Sea Breeze, # 9) by Abbi Glines. Holly didn't get any series enders finished this month.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the February giveaway runs from February 25th - March 25th. On March 25th we will use and the linky entries to pull a winner.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Teaser Tuesday #88: Beyond Reach

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
Beyond Reach (True Calling #2) by Siobhan Davis:

Teasers: "I was in love with you before I even existed in your thoughts. For me, nothing else mattered except being with you."
(Loc 69%)

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!

Monday, February 23, 2015

DNF Review: Carter Finally Gets It

Carter Finally Gets It #1

By: Brent Crawford

Published: April 7, 2009 by Brilliance Audio


Source: Borrowed from my SNL, Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Meet Will Carter, but feel free to call him Carter. (Yes, he knows it's a lazy nickname, but he didn't have much say in the matter.)

Here are five things you should know about him:

1. He has a stuttering problem, particularly around boobs and belly buttons.

2. He battles Attention Deficit Disorder every minute of every day unless he gets distracted. 

3. He's a virgin, mostly because he's no good at talking to girls (see number 1).

4. He's about to start high school.

5. He's totally not ready.

Join Carter for his freshman year, where he'll search for sex, love, and acceptance anywhere he can find it. In the process, he'll almost kill a trombone player, face off with his greatest nemesis, suffer a lot of blood loss, narrowly escape death, run from the cops (not once, but twice), get caught up in a messy love triangle, meet his match in the form of a curvy drill teamer, and surprise the hell out of everyone, including himself.
Before I get into why I DNF'd this one, let me explain a little background information. This was only the 2nd audiobook I've ever attempted to listen to. The first one was so horrible it scarred me from any desire to attempt another one. Something about the narrator's voice in my head threw me for a major loop - not to mention the one book I chose to read there were a TON of dialects in it and reading those are bad enough, but listening to someone else's version of them was pure torture for me. Need-less-to-say I didn't make it far in that first one.

Fast forward a few years later, after hearing 2 of my snl's talk about this particular audiobook and how they probably wouldn't have enjoyed reading it but the narrator made this book funny and highly recommended it, I decided to make a second attempt at listening to an audiobook.

There were indeed laugh-out-loud moments. Quite a few actually. So yeah, it was funny. I made an honest attempt - listening to 7 full chapters. But there were a couple issues I had which led to my decision to DNF:

1. The way the narrator says the word "boob" (which the character says A LOT) was like nails on a chalkboard to me. It was awkward and weird - and probably the way a lot of 14 year old boys say it. Which our main character is - an awkward, hormonally charged 14 year old boy.

2. I had to sit on my couch and listen to this from my laptop while attempting to get some other blog related updating done (ie. be productive while listening to a book). I found my mind wandering so much to the point that I realized I was missing a lot of information, too much if I wanted to write a cohesive review about the book. I certainly couldn't pinpoint any favorite quotes - not fast enough to stop, write them down and quote them correctly.

3. I've spoken about this in other reviews, but for the sake of those who may be new to my blog, I enjoy reading Young Adult books. I don't mind that they are about teenagers, primarily. In fact, I'm quite fond of a lot of things typical to experiences that happen in the late teen age range - first love for one. BUT, what I don't enjoy reading about is teens acting immature (that's like an oxymoron comment, right?). 14 year old boys - yeaaaaahhhhh....that's a bit immature for my liking in fiction. Literally this Carter kid is so obsessed with females and e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g about their bodies, that it really got on my nerves. Enough already! (Side bar rant): Coming from a Mom of a 12-year-old (less than 2 months shy of being 13 at the time of this posting) boy I am VERY proactive in talking to him about how to treat girls; the honor and respect they deserve; how to be their friend first. So yeah - attractiveness is important, don't get me wrong. But I want my son to look at the inward beauty of a girl as equally important as what he views as beautiful on the outside. Guess what? That goes against our nature to look inwardly. It has to be taught. And that teaching starts at home by what they see and what they hear from their parents. (rant over)

Basically my reason to DNF Carter Finally Gets It boils down to the fact that I think I'm too ADD to listen to audiobooks. How many times am I going to try it when I haven't enjoyed the last 2 times? I'm not a gluten for punishment.

I could see those in their teens enjoying this one more than I did, perhaps being able to connect a little more to what Carter thinks and feels. It's not one I would attempt to read either. Just not for me. But the funny moments, I did get a good laugh at, so there's that positive.

Final Rating: DNF

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Post #116

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.





ARC Thursday Review - True Calling by Siobhan Davis (3 stars)

Feature & Follow #56: Do you prefer Fantasy or Realistic books?


Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
DNF Review - Carter Finally Gets It
ARC Thursday Review - Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis

You know, I can't complain much about the weather. Because for the most part, our winter has been very minor. In January we had many unseasonably warm Spring like days. It was glorious. And the cold we have is nothing like what the Northeast of the US is getting this week and next. Even in our own state they shut down the interstate Friday evening due to the ice on the roads and the number of accidents in the northern part of the state. (Apparently Alabama isn't well stocked enough in salt for the roads) But I will say how I long for Spring and beach weather. Sigh...

On that note, I'm about to journey to the Northeast myself - NYC to be exact in about a weeks time. Not so sure how my southern body will handle those frigid temps. But I'm super excited for this trip and to spend it with 2 of my aunts and 1 cousin. All three of them have never been before so I know it'll be a super fun trip - frigid temps aside.

Wherever you find yourself, I hope you have some good books to enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Fashionable or Not? - Initials, Inc

Fashionable or Not?

Today I want to share about bags and purses. And not just any bags or purses. Specifically a company called Initials, Inc. Perhaps you haven't heard of them. They've been around for only 10 years so they are relatively new. I was fairly new to them as well until a friend I connect with on Facebook, who lives in another state, began selling Initials, Inc about 3 years ago. I sporadically would look at her posts and such but never really had much interest in purchasing any. That is until she posted a "hostess bonus" that caught my eye and I couldn't pass it up in January. When I get an idea in my head I jump ALL in - forget the consequences or ramifications of the idea. So I told her, "SIGN ME UP FOR A FACEBOOK PARTY"!!!

Weeelllll.....I didn't qualify for the hostess bonus that was offered that month (the show had to be a minimum of $550 in sales) but I did get some awesome "Last Call" items, i.e. "on sale". Before I get to the pictures of what I got, here's a few of the cool things I really like about the company:

~ Personalization on all products is FREE! 

~ They have a Signature Gold line that is made of faux leather and are super nice. (the lining of all of their purses is aqua - which is the company's signature color)

~ Many of the size of these bags are perfect for those of us that like to carry, shall we say, everything and the kitchen sink.

~ Guests can have items shipped directly to themselves for a low shipping cost.

~ My absolute favorite, they have a Last Call sale twice a year (in January and July), many items being 50% off as they get ready to retire items and introduce a new line. 

Before you ask, nope, I don't sell these. However anywhere you see "Initals, Inc" is a link that takes you to my friend's personal site where you can see the beautiful bags and purses for yourself. Don't just take my word for it, go check it out for yourself! Be sure to look through the Stylebook (their catalog).

Now for the goodie's - here's what I and a few others got:

This is only part of my order as I also got a 2nd camel bag for a good friend for her birthday. The camel bag and the aqua bag are BIG bags and they are both made of faux leather. The camel bag was $36 on sale and the aqua bag was $30 - both 50%+ off. The gray bag is called a Snap Tote and is HUGE. This was a customer special for $18 (regularly $45) that month. I love them all!

I also got 2 of these crossbody purses for my "free product". The one pictured below is for my daughter. Mine is the same gray fabric with an orange H to match my big snap tote.

These next two were orders of some of my family members and the pictures just do not show you the size of these bags - we are talking BIG, with exception to the one small cheetah print bag in the bottom of the left picture:

I know there are LOTS of companies like this one out there and they all have good things they promote and support. But for my first time hosting an Initials, Inc party and purchasing their products, I am very pleased and look forward to stocking up on some Spring/Summer favorites during their next Last Call sale. I would highly recommend them to you. Gorgeous, trendy AND monogrammed bags without breaking the bank! 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Feature & Follow #56

Feature & Follow is a weekly post hosted by Parakunkee and Alison Can Read.

"The goal is to increase followers and make new friends."

The Rules:
Follow the 2 hosts.
Follow the 2 features (new each week).
Hop around and follow others that are participating, leaving a comment to let them know.
Answer this week's question in your own blog post.

This week's question:
Do you like fantasy or realistic books?
If realistic fiction equates to contemporary fiction, then I would say I like both fantasy and realistic books equally. I go through spurts where I'm craving all things fantasy...and then things get boring for me and I switch back to contemporary fiction and eat up a bunch of those. Back and forth I constantly go. But there's a bunch of labels that fall in between those, isn't there? Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Paranormal, etc... I'm all over the map with what I enjoy reading. It's more about the characters and how I relate to them as to whether I enjoy the book or not. The fictional worlds and situations are like icing on the cake if the characters are interesting and strong.

How about you? Do you prefer one over the other? 

Since this is a follow hop, feel free to follow me in one of my favorite ways (Facebook, GFC, Bloglovin', and Email) and be sure to let me know how you followed so I can come visit and follow you! 

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